May 13, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) speaks during the MVP trophy presentation before game one of the second round of the 2012 NBA playoffs in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
In news that would only surprise you if you’ve been living under a rock all season, league sources have confirmed that LeBron James will be officially named the 2012-2013 Kia NBA MVP on Sunday.
James will be adding the MVP trophy, to his already extensive trophy collection, for the second straight season. It will also be his fourth MVP award in five years.
With the honor King James will be in elite company, joining the likes of Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain all of whom have at least four MVP awards.
LeBron’s averages in his spectacular season were 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks, all while leading the Miami Heat to an NBA best 66-win season, including 27 straight victories. His 57% field goal shooting percentage and 41% 3-point shooting percentage were also career bests.
The 28-year-old James will continue to lead his Miami Heat in their title defense on Monday. The Heat will face the winner of the Brooklyn Nets versus Chicago Bulls series in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.